Trippin' The Light

by Julie Lamb

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This album wrote itself ... It was only helped a little bit... and some of the arrangements happened when I was out of the room - THANKS Andrew, Callum and Dave... You rock my world, and are the best Lambinators I could possibly have.

As for Mr Matrix Studios... Phill Adams - you're an awesome dude! I can see many future bourbon and cokes going down... you'll need them before the next project...

And, Lockie, buddy, thanks for helping me fly!

Reviews:
"If you catch me, don't burn yourself", enunciates Julie Lamb in Tell Me Who I Am, the opening track on her second album Trippin' the Light. It's some fitting phrasing indeed when we view the record in its entirety. Lamb is proud to have combined rock, blues, jazz and various other sounds into a fiery but positive sequence.

She's proud for good reason - Time Flies carries the listener in with some great aural momentum. Lamb's vocals, along with the instrumental and choral talents of her passionate backing musicians, make for a piece that seems to tend toward progressive metal.

The following track Undone is a much more sombre song, but just as notable. An assortment of absolutely fantastic string and wind instruments create a brilliant crescendo around the middle of the song - one of the most memorable passages in the album for this reviewer.

Kill Me With Your Promise comes as another great driving number halfway through the album. This is one of the best examples of guitar work on Trippin' the Light, beautifully produced to sound raw and gritty whilst also being easy on the ear. Cold Rainy Nights is even more easy-going, being a lovely country-tinged track.

Lamb has become well-acquainted with the fact that playing gigs as a musician is only a fleeting temporary buzz. Trippin' the Light certainly displays her range of musical talents in a way that people can get a hold of and keep for posterity, in their minds as well as in their sound systems. It's a winner. AMPLIFIER.CO.NZ 17/08/12

09 SEP 2012 // A REVIEW BY JOHNS
Blues, rock and accounting aren’t something that would normally be put together but Wellingtonian signer Julie Lamb somehow pulls this off. Her second album entitled 'Trippin’ In The Light' displays a range of talent, which is rarely found on the shelfs nowadays. The album combines various sounds of rock, blues, jazz and more to deliver one of the easiest and enjoyable album I’ve heard in a while.

Kicking off the album with 'Tell Me Who I Am' gives of a blues based rock feel with lyrics that give off a passionate but confident progression throughout the whole album. Following up with 'Time Flies' demonstrates Lamb’s vocal talent combined with a great backing track from her backing musicians that will get you nodding along in no time. Lamb then changes the flow with 'Undone', more of a sobering track with the addition of a assortment of wind and strings that add another level of goodness into the album.

The rest of the album changes from 'Tripping The Light Fantastic' with its easy listing feel, 'Kill Me With Your Promise' delivering a more gritty rock to a more country laced theme with 'Cold Rainy Night' and 'Love’d Bayou'.

If you can, catch Julie Lamb live. I haven’t yet had the chance but you can be sure I’ll be there soon. If you get your hands on 'Trippin’ the Light' you’ll understand what my ears took pleasure in and continue to listen to on the daily commute to work. JohnS for MUZIC.NET.NZ 9/9/2012

"I've been listening over and over to Julie's songs - they're like that. She has a smart and insightful way with words - I always like that. I love Mess and Magpie, it makes me feel hopeful and loving. And then there's the heavy rock of Time Flies - get down and dirty! The tightness and tautness of Kill Me With Your Promise. Most of all, I think, I love the delightful joy of Loved Bayou - bayou, by you, by you, bayou! Get this album. That is all." - Sarah Dee, Musician, Facebook (Aug 14, 2012)

"This is def an album worth adding to your collection a superb collection that wraps up a few genres. And done in sassy style. I love the sprinkle of humour in Julies song writing as well. she is like a good wine - a bit of age and all that! " - Tina Nixon, Facebook (Aug 07, 2012)

"Awesome is the word for it! Awesome band, awesome singers, awesome songs and awesome leader of the pack. Congratulations singin buddy! :^] OXO" - Marian Price-Carter, Musician, Facebook(July 29, 2012)

credits

released 29 July 2012

All tracks written by Julie Lamb except:
Trippin' The Light Fantastic and Tell Me Who I am, music Mike Jamieson, lyrics Julie Lamb.
Kill Me With Your Promise, music Julie Lamb, lyrics Alan Stuart
Love'd Bayou written by Mike Nyland.
Cold Rainy Night written by Julian Ward (Arr: Julie Lamb/Mary Livingstone)
Engineering and production: Matrix Digital (Phill Adams and Troy Leamy)
Executive Producer Julie Lamb
My other loves: The main boys in the band: Andrew Richardson (Drums) Dave Hadley (Guitar) and Callum Hazlitt-Black (Bass)
Lots of guests on the album... YAY!

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Julie Lamb Wellington, New Zealand

www.julielamb.co.nz
70's vibed indie art rock: Earworm melodies over ornate arrangements.

Writing, arranging and performing music are some of the most incredible buzzes in my world. I want to be doing this stuff when I'm 90...
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Track Name: 01 Tell Me Who I Am
Tell me who I am
© Lyrics Julie Lamb/Music Mike Jamieson
Can you tell me who I am?
Have you found myself for me?
(If you catch me don't burn yourself).
You write my life longhand,
Can you try be more succinct.
I've been searching for my mind,
Thought I'd find it in some sleep.
(Dreams are what minds are for).
Thought I'd get help from my past,
Turning over every leaf...
Drifting loosely, moving sweetly, swaying gently, rising slowly.
So you found me where I was,
And you pulled me to my feet.
(But I'm barefoot, there's glass right here)
Where the told you so meets because,
Judgement brings me to my knees.
Can you tell me who you are,
Have you seen yourself in me?
(When I caught you I burned myself)
Pencil in our lives longhand,
We can change them as we please.
I can tell you who I am, I can tell you who I am
I can tell you who I am, I can tell you who I am
Track Name: 02 Time Flies
Time Flies
© Julie Lamb
Time flies, as you open your mouth to speak.
My soul flies in, my heart settles to your rhythm,
My need crawls to your skin.
Time crawls, as you leave me again, to go
To your life, your work, your wife.
Needs must, hope turns to dust,
'til you come to my hunting, yearning need.
Time flies, when you walk back to, through my door
Stay for some time,
A fleeting glimpse at what could have been mine
My need controls my breath
Time crawls, as you leave me again, to go
To your life, your work, your wife.
Needs must, hope turns to dust,
Will you return to my hunting, yearning need.
Time flies, when you walk back to, through my door
Stay for some time,
A fleeting glimpse of what should have been mine
My need controls my breath
Time crawls, as you leave me again, to go
To your life, your work, your wife.
Needs must, hope turns to dust,
Time crawls, as you leave me again, to go
To your life, your work, your wife.
Needs must, hope turns to dust,
Will you return to my hunting, yearning need.
Track Name: 03 Undone
Undone

Julie Lamb (C) 2011 
Got to wondering about some things and maybe,
I'm just driving down the road towards no point.
Do you think that you can satisfy my craving?
or should I turn around go home not disappoint?

I know that sometime soon you'll call me crazy,
and I'm starting to believe it might be true.
You say I'm sitting round the house just being lazy,
do you think it might be cos I'm feeling blue?

I missed my connection, my Lego fell down.
I have no more sandcastles intact on the ground.

No real smiles there's no real laughter, I feel hollow.
For a little while I'd like to find my peace.
Has anyone got some spare fun I'd like to borrow,
just for a little while to get the grey to cease.

All the good things seem to slip right through my fingers,
I'm amazed my hands have such viscosity.
This feeling love of being undone it lingers,
oh it clings to me with such ferocity.

I missed my connection, my Lego fell down.
I have no more sandcastles intact on the ground.
Track Name: 04 Waterproof
Waterproof Julie Lamb 2012 ©

A dream that once was made for free
Caught up with you to collect old debt
Just like last time – and as you feel
Deserted dog pain, catches your breathe

Easy choice is to pack and leave,
No one will notice, no one to know
Care catches you by surprise as you flee
& a tear trickles down the bus window

And you take another smile from your face
And you add another mile to take its place
Then you chalk it up to experience
Go and play to a brand new audience

Defeated purpose, sits on your knee
from the very edge of your memory
Your mind feels like a dull edged knife
You'd like to spend sometime not missing your life

Defeated purpose, sits on your knee
from the very edge of your memory
Your mind feels like a dull edged knife
You'd like to spend sometime not missing your life

Once in a dream you called a name
but as a cat laps milk steadily stealthily
You're putting on a waterproof coat of shame
Shed no tears, no more names made of dreams

& Now you feel it, but just for a tick
Nostalgia beats the hell out of you
You protect your mind from the swift, hard kick
& you just move on, that's what you do...

And you take another smile from your face
And you add another mile to take its place
Then you chalk it up to experience
Go and play to a brand new audience

Defeated purpose, sits on your knee
from the very edge of your memory
Your mind feels like a dull edged knife
You'd like to spend sometime not missing your life
Track Name: 05 Trippin' The Light Fantastic
Trippin' The Light Fantastic
© Lyrics Julie Lamb/Music Mike Jamieson
Trippin' the Light Fantastic, Livin' the life I lead
Wondering, if I'm so fantastic, Why I need to have you plead

Who knows, baby who knows

Sitting in my bedroom, Avoiding the crowd
You get in my face like screen zoom, And I hate that you get so loud

I'm raw, baby I'll roar

I'm telling you I've got to be rated – or I'm gone.
I'm telling you I've got to be loved – or I'm gone.
I'm telling you I've got to be wanted – or I'm gone.
Damn you I'll be gone

Sucked in for your love in my life, Now I have it, it's not what I need
Twitchin to share my love in your life, Grippin' on to me

I know, baby I know

Trippin' the Light Fantastic, You're not in my league
Just realising that it feels fantastic,
And I'm damn sure I know where this leads

I'm gone, baby I'm gone

I'm telling you I've got to be rated – so I'm gone.
I'm telling you I've got to be loved – so I'm gone.
I'm telling you I've got to be wanted – so I'm gone.
Damn you I'm gone
Track Name: 06 Kill Me With Your Promise
Kill Me With Your Promise

© Lyrics Alan Stuart/Music Julie Lamb

Can't say I wasn't warned

My love came fully formed

Body and soul, the total deal

Made me feel the way I like to feel

Can't say I wasn't glad

To love you good, to love you bad

Body and soul, box and dice

Burn like fire, freeze like ice

Why do you kill me with your promise

Kill me with your smile

Kill me with your presence

Leave me dying all the while

Why do you kill me with your promise

Kill me with your kiss

Kill me with your absence

Leave me dying filled with bliss

Can't say I wasn't crying

My love knew you were lying

Body and soul, books and all

Walk away, walk away when I took the fall

Why do you kill me with your promise

Kill me with your smile

Kill me with your presence

Leave me dying all the while

Why do you kill me with your promise

Kill me with your kiss

Kill me with your absence

Leave me dying filled with bliss

Leave me dying, dying killed with bliss
Track Name: 08 Cold Rainy Nights
Cold Rainy Nights
© Julian Ward
Cold the rain, the wind, the snow
I walk the streets where the lonesome go
Cold rainy nights

I drift through my nights and I’m drunk all my days
I fall about, that’s just my way
Cold rainy nights
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not to blame
Without a drink, I’m just the same
Cold rainy nights
Don’t ask me now if I understand
I got M in my feet and S in my hands
And don’t ask me now if I can explain
I got the M in my legs, got the S on my brain
All my good time friends are nowhere to be found
For the rocking and rolling, and hitting the ground
Cold rainy nights

‘cos I sweat when I’m cold and I’m cold all the time
I’m up to my neck in sludge and slime
Cold rainy nights
But don’t get me wrong, I’m not to blame
Without a drink, I’m just the same
Cold rainy nights
Don’t ask me now if I understand
I got M in my feet and S in my hands
And don’t ask me now if I can explain
I got the M in my legs got the S on my brain
I’m othered and buggered when I’m up, I’m down
It’s harder and harder, just being around
Cold rainy nights
Don’t ask me now, ‘cos I can't explain
I got the M in my legs I got the S on my brain
Track Name: 09 Mess and Magpie
Mess and Magpie (Song for Lockie)
© Julie Lamb
When you go away, I sleep across the bed
Uninterrupted, snoring, loud enough to wake the dead
I eat just what I want, not a sign of meat 3 veg
I don't watch documentaries – crime scene drama gets the edge
I miss your “just for me face” and your steady energy
The things that make up for your lost hearing frequency
I still keep telling you things, hug your blanket to my chest
And I wish you'd make me coffee – 'cos you know yours is the best

You're all the cool clear space in the migration that's my life
I'll leave you at age a hundred twenty five
By then my love, we will have soared across the sky
'cos for all your mess and magpie you make me want to fly

At times I'm fascinated, by the different lives we lead,
Not that it's complicated, you're the touchstone that I need,
We give each other something that we're not afraid to take
Even though I'm happy singing, and you prefer a lake
You walked out Monday morning, said “I'll see you Thursday night,
Do you reckon you could cook, Bud?” I say, “Takeaway's alright?”
And you smile your “just for me smile” and saunter out the door
I'm still grinning at your humour for a couple hours or more
I'm all the cool clear space in the migration that's your life
You can leave me at age a hundred seventy five
By then my love, we will have swept across the sky
'cos for all my mess and magpie you know I help you fly
We're the resting place in the migration that's our life
We'll leave each other at age two hundred and five
By then my love, we will have conquered the whole sky
'cos for all our mess and magpie we let each other fly
Track Name: Love'd Bayou
Love'd Bayou
© Mike Nyland
I wanna get loved by you, hugged by you
Kissed by you, yeah baby I do
On the bayou, bayou bayou bayou bayou bayou
I wanna get dressed by you, have breakfast by you
Set a ketch by you, oh baby I do
On the bayou, bayou bayou bayou bayou bayou
I wanna get scrubbed by you, get rubbed by you
Maybe drugged by you, oh baby I do
On the bayou, bayou bayou bayou bayou bayou
River floods down
We get washed along
Everything we done is so long gone
And when we end up on this shore
Don't gotta worry no more
I wanna drive by you, fly by you
Sometimes cry by you, oh it could be true
On the bayou, bayou bayou bayou bayou bayou
I wanna have bacon by you, leaf rakin' by you
Oh, my hearts achin by you, I'd do the dishes too
On the bayou, bayou bayou bayou bayou bayou
I wanna get stretched by you, flex by you
Have sex by you, oh I certainly do
On the bayou, bayou bayou bayou bayou bayou
River floods down
We get washed along
Everything we done is so long gone
And when we end up on this shore
don't gotta worry no more
River floods down
We get washed along
Everything we done is so long gone
And when we end up on this shore
don't gotta worry no more
Track Name: Clever Piece of Life
Clever Piece of Life
© Julie Lamb
Sir, can you please conduct me to a clever piece of life
Sir, can you please instruct me on a better way of life
Be clever, be better and faster and wiser and more
Work harder, work faster pray more to your God
You're all piss and plaster and you make me bored
Be better, be stronger love all of your faults
And when you have done that get checked for results, Oh
Sir, can you please conduct me to a clever piece of life
Sir, can you please instruct me on a better way of life
Say nothing, see nothing, hear nothing, do nothing more
See nothing, say nothing but laugh at my jokes
Be happy to listen, you'll know how to vote
Hear nothing, do nothing, no healthy debate
And when nothing changes it's not on my plate, Oh
Sir, can I please conduct you to a clever piece of life
Sir, can I please instruct you on a better way of life
Do something, be something, fight something, love someone... or...
Sir, can you please conduct me to a clever piece of life
Sir, can you please instruct me on a better way of life
Say nothing, see nothing, hear nothing, do nothing more
Sir, can I please conduct you to a clever piece of life
Sir, can I please instruct you on a better way of life
Do something, be something, fight something, love someone... or...
Track Name: 12 Boo Da Bip
Boo Da Bip
© Julie Lamb
Been a while since I've written in any meaningful way
I sat down at my table to do so today
Thinkin’ ‘bout telling a story
All about love and it’s glory
But in my mind
All I hear is…
Boo da bip boo boo Boo da bip
There’s been a theme in my head for a couple of weeks
I’ve got a message to get across, nothin’ mild or meek
All about life and her lessons
My all night drinking sessions…
But in my mind
All I hear is…
Boo da bip boo boo Boo da bip
You know we all struggling in this world to get by
It’s damn hard to come up with a “get out of life” alibi
So I find comfort words to write
Like bread puddin’ for your life
But in my mind
All I hear is…
Boo da bip boo boo Boo da bip